Gas line fire extinguished

Gas line fire off of Highway 79.
Gas line fire off of Highway 79.

JACKSON COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - A large gas line fire has been extinguished after burning for several hours on Highway 79 between Scottsboro and Guntersville.

The fire started shortly after 11 a.m. Friday when Alabama Department of Transportation construction crews were working on guard rails at the Mini Creek Bridge and struck the gas main with a post.

All lanes of U.S. Highway 79 around mile marker 85 were closed and traffic was detoured. By 4:30 p.m., northbound lanes had reopened and crews were still working to reopen the innermost southbound lane. ALDOT officials said the outer southbound lane would remain closed at least through the weekend.

Officials on the scene said no one was injured. However, the amount of damage to the area was significant. "The amount of gas that was being burned at that time damaged the roadways and the power lines," said Jackson County Emergency Management Director Mike Ashburn.

Ashburn said the North Alabama Electric Cooperative is working to restore power to the affected area.

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